Tim Cook reveals what he does at 4 a.m. every day — It has nothing to do with sleep

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up before 4 a.m. and begins his day by reading emails from customers.
  • He also makes sure to get in an early morning workout every day.
  • Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson are also known to be early risers.

Although most of us are still sleeping at 4 a.m., Apple CEO Tim Cook is already into his morning routine by then.

The head of the trillion-dollar company told “Axios on HBO” that he usually wakes up before 4 a.m. each day, and starts off his very early morning by reading emails and comments from Apple users.

“I like to take the first hour and go through user comments and things like that, and sort of focus on the external people that are so important to us,” he said. He probably doesn’t get through all his emails because, as ABC News previously reported, Cook receives between 700 and 800 emails from customers each day.

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Tim Cook is worth at least $625.37 million, according to a 2017 estimate by data company Equilar reported by Time.

Source: TIME

The bulk of that is from his total stock options and shares in Apple, which total nearly $622 million. Cook is also on the Nike board of directors, where he has $3.4 million in stock options.

Source: TIME

Cook's actual net worth is certainly even higher than that — but information on his property, investment portfolio, and cash on hand isn't publicly available.

Source: TIME

That's relatively low compared to other tech CEOs. Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Page are all worth tens of billions. 

Source: Forbes

Even though Apple is the highest-value company on the planet, there's only one known Apple-related billionaire: Laurene Powell Jobs, who is Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' widow.

Source: Forbes

In 2017, Cook's salary as CEO was $3 million. That's up from his first year as CEO in 2011, when his salary was $900,000.

Sources: Apple regulatory filings from 2018 and 2012

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Sources: Business Insider, Quora, Time

Despite being a multi-millionaire, Cook is remarkably frugal. He reportedly buys his underwear at Nordstrom's semi-annual sale.

Source: Mashable

"I like to be reminded of where I came from, and putting myself in modest surroundings helps me do that," Cook said. "Money is not a motivator for me."

Source: Inside Apple excerpt by Adam Lashinsky

As of 2012, Cook lives in a $1.9 million Palo Alto home that's 2,400 square feet. That's relatively modest for the ritzy Bay Area city, which now has a median home value of $3.3 million.

Sources: Cult of Mac, Fortune, Zillow

Cook spends most of his time at the office — which includes reportedly waking up at 3:45 a.m. to start reading and responding to emails.

Source: Business Insider

As for travel, Cook has to travel often for work. Apple spent $93,109 last year on Cook's private plane alone.

Source: Apple regulatory filing from 2018

But he keeps it domestic when it comes to personal travel, visiting spots like Yosemite National Park.

Source: TIME

One of his known vacations was to New York City with his nephew. He showed the tween boy around the New York Stock Exchange in 2016.

Source: CNBC

Indeed, Cook's most-known hobby is his love of fitness, hiking, and cycling.

Source: TIME

Cook goes to the gym at 5 a.m. every morning — but not the Apple company gym, so he can keep a low profile.

Sources: Mashable, Business Insider

But we do know that Cook likes to spend money on political causes. He's thrown fundraisers for politicians like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Source: Fortune, NPR

And Cook plans to give away all of his money to charity when he dies. He has no children of his own, and wants to create a better world for his nephew. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change," he told Fortune in 2015.

Source: Fortune
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And around 5 a.m. he’ll get in a workout. “Then I go to the gym and work out for an hour because it keeps my stress at bay,” Cook said.

Cook has described himself as a “fitness nut,” and typically logs 50 minutes of daily exercise on his Apple Watch, according to a Fortune profile.

After that, he’ll head to Starbucks and check more emails before heading into work for the day, Time reported.

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Cook isn’t the only super successful person who wakes up before the sun: Oprah Winfrey starts her day around 6 a.m. with a walk with her dogs, Jennifer Aniston wakes up at 4:30 a.m. when she’s working, and Richard Branson wakes up around 5 a.m. and kicks off his day with tennis or another form of exercise.

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